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Trusted, commercial, proactive

We advise on funding, procuring and establishing transport infrastructure and services across all modes – road, rail, sea and air.  Our team has a strong commercial focus, and is at the forefront of transport policy and state investment.

Our land transport work includes development of the state highway network; rail, public transport and coastal shipping initiatives; advising on policy and legislative changes, and implementation of them.

Our maritime practice spans major transactions to day-to-day operational advice.  Whether you need help with ship acquisitions, financing, leasing, charters, insurance, registrations, reflaggings, dispositions, cargo disputes, collisions or regulatory investigations, we have the expertise.

Recommended for shipping, maritime & aviation work by independant legal directory Asia Law Profiles 2016.  

We have advised

  • Land transport: We are primary legal advisers to NZ Transport Agency, the Crown entity that oversees New Zealand’s transport planning, funding and delivery. Our work for The Transport Agency is wide ranging, and includes advising on planning approvals and land acquisition to build and upgrade the state highway network across New Zealand; on the form and implementation of legislation that governs The Transport Agency; on funding and prioritisation of national and local roading, rail, road, and ferry public transport, and rail and sea alternatives to roading; on toll systems implementation and PPPs and on transactions and acting in litigation relating to the Public Works Act. Major projects for The Transport Agency that we are currently advising on include the upgrade of Auckland's Newmarket Viaduct, Manukau Harbour Crossing and Victoria Park tunnel; ALPURT B2; the Waterview motorway connection project; the four lane expressway project between Auckland and Cambridge; and in the Wellington region, the Inner City Bypass, SH2 Dowse Drive to Petone, SH1 Plimmerton to Paremata, and the proposed inland highway known as Transmission Gully.
  • Airports: We have advised Rotorua Regional Airport on its runway extensions to enable trans-Tasman capability; Christchurch International Airport on planning and property issues; Nelson Airport on judicial review proceedings relating to landing fees and in obtaining airport authority status for Eastland Infrastructure Limited (Gisborne Airport)
  • Rail: Hyundai Rotem Company of Korea in relation to its contract with Greater Wellington Regional Council for the supply of new rolling stock for the Wellington region's suburban rail network, and The Transport Agency on rail funding, especially passenger services.
  • Sea: Unicorn Shipping on the reflagging and contractual issues in relation to a vessel being chartered in to Silver Fern Shipping; Lyttelton Port on a range of issues, including ship arrests; Nordea Bank Norge in relation to the financing aspects of the purchase of a fishing vessel; Maersk New Zealand on judicial review proceedings against the Ministry of Transport; research consortia on vessel charters and research contracts in UAE, Oman and Yemen, and The Transport Agency on coastal shipping funding.

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